Issue: Spring 2009

Cover Story: Here Comes the Sun

MIT's faculty and students are working to make affordable easy-to-use solar power a reality, and have already made impressive contributions to this critical effort.

A Letter from the President
MIT and solar energy.


Bird Flu
Thanks to a new finding by biologist Ram Sasisekharan, the bird flu virus may not endanger human life.

Restoring Balance
Prof. Heidi Nepf says that plant life can help repair damage to nature.

Honest Signals
Prof. Sandy Pentland says that understanding our unconscious social patterns can make us better managers, workers, and communicators.

New Design
Prof. Yung Ho Chang, one of China's top architects, is now building a sustainable town in Shanghai.

Hidden Cost
Economist Amy Finkelstein says the ability to zoom through a tollbooth has a price.

Going Green
Freshman David Young, who developed "green" cement, is now building low-income houses in Guatemala.

Power of Inspiration
Senior Justin Tan is establishing a chain of stroke rehabilitation clinics across Southeast Asia.

Top Invention
Ben Gulak invents an electric motorcycle and lands on the cover of Popular Science magazine.